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LYNN UNIVERSITY SELECTS MODCOMP TO DEPLOY CISCO-BASED VOICE AND DATA COMMUNICATIONS SOLUTIONS FOR FINAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE ON OCTOBER 22, 2012
Boca Raton, FL – 02 October 2012 – Deerfield, Florida-based Modcomp was chosen by Lynn University to help it meet the stringent requirements from the Commission of the Presidential Debate (CPD) to provide a completely separate and highly secure environment for all data and voice communications during the final Presidential Debate, which takes place on the Lynn University campus October 22. The debate will be moderated by Chief Washington Correspondent, CBS News, and Moderator, Face the Nation, Bob Schieffer. The CPD has a long list of complex provisions that need to accommodated; for example, no existing equipment can be used for either voice or data infrastructures.
Consequently, Lynn University knew it needed to find a partner not only to handle these rigorous and necessary security requirements for the debate, but one that could take the equipment and technology the University purchased and, after the debate, repurpose it to replace its existing network infrastructure, then add any additional equipment necessary so that its entire system would undergo a much-anticipated replacement.
Modcomp, along with partner Cisco, provided the winning solution to both the University’s needs for the Presidential Debate and well beyond. Beating out seven other firms responding to the University’s Request for Proposal earlier this year, Modcomp’s team is now hard at work assembling and installing the technology components for the debate.
“We knew that this was more than simply assembling all the right components,” says Victor Dellovo, President and CEO of CSP, Inc., parent company of Modcomp, Inc. “We needed to create a malleable design that brought together the best-of-breed technologies in a cohesive architecture with simple and straightforward management options. Yet while management and flexibility are at the highest level of consideration for the overall project, this design had to provide a safe and secure operating environment for the short-term circumstances of the final Presidential Debate. By working with Cisco, we knew we could design solutions for the short-term that would serve Lynn University in the long-term so that the school is not simply buying technology for a single-time use.”
Modcomp’s team designed a solution architecture with Cisco that both companies believe exceeds Lynn University’s requirements and expectations with real-time intrusion detection and prevention, Network
Access Control, self-provisioning guest portals, network monitoring and segmentation, as well as policy and bandwidth management and enforcement.
Cisco has extensive experience in providing products and services for events requiring reliability, flexibility, and scalability in their networks including the London Olympics and each of the last three Democratic and Republican National Conventions. In 2012, Cisco provided the communications infrastructure and
support to meet the intense needs of both events, including wired and wireless solutions, as unified
communications, video technologies, network security, and network management. In addition to the main
convention halls, Cisco’s coverage included the convention centers, transportation centers, hotels, local
party offices and data centers in each of the host cities. Together with Modcomp, the same support
resources are being brought to Lynn University for this last debate of the 2012 Presidential Election.
Modcomp will provide a full implementation and support team during the ten days of the Debate (October
12-22). Cisco‘s subject matter experts are already on tap with support as the implementation gets underway,
and will continue through the debate timeline. Modcomp’s remote NOC (Network Operating Center)
monitoring services will also be deployed on Lynn University’s behalf for the full engagement timeframe.